Mark Wahlberg wants a 1988 felony assault conviction expunged from his record so that he can become a reserve officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.
As Breitbart’s Kelli Serio reported last week, Wahlberg recently filed legal documents with the Massachusetts Parole Board in an effort to wipe clean a 1988 conviction for assaulting two Vietnamese men outside of a Boston area convenience store when the actor was 16 years old.
“Rather than ignore or deny my troubled past, I have used the public spotlight to speak openly about the mistakes I made as a teenager so that others do not make those mistakes,” Wahlberg reportedly wrote in his application.
Now, TMZ reports that the reason Wahlberg wants his record expunged is so that he can become a reserve officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. Convicted felons are unable to become police officers because they are prohibited from carrying guns.
According to TMZ, Wahlberg became interested in police work while researching roles for recent movies, including The Other Guys, Max Payne, and The Departed.
Wahlberg has also reportedly been developing a new reality TV series over the last few years, tentatively titled “Port of L.A.,” about police and other law enforcement agencies inspecting shipping containers at Los Angeles area ports of entry.
“We’ve been spending a lot of time down there and just knowing all the real dangers that are there, like smuggling, human trafficking; I mean everything across the board,” Wahlberg told WENN of the series. “It’s pretty scary stuff but it’s a fascinating world and obviously (with) the whole smuggling thing, they can never figure out the way they (authorities) go about checking containers, the guessing game. It’s a real cat and mouse game.”
Wahlberg will next appear in Paramount Pictures’ The Gambler, to be released December 19.